EC, not the Speaker, should decide on defectors: Jagan

Untitled-21Leader of Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that there has been a breach of anti-defection law by TDP and the Act should be further amended by vesting powers to disqualify defectors in the hands of the Election Commission instead of the Speaker.

He told leaders of various parties in New Delhi that the time has come for changing the law to save democracy.

Jagan slammed Chandrababu Naidu for his unethical practices and released a book titled ‘Emperor of Corruption’ which depicts the corruption charges with evidence comprising the GOs issued as part of nepotism, the documents of land registrations in the capital area and the various scams which when monetized sum up to Rs 1, 34,295 crores during the 24 months of his tenure.

He has been spending this ill-gotten money to lure MLAs by offering them up to Rs 30 crores and in some cases even ministerial berths and despite our repeated pleas, the turncoats were not disqualified as Chandrababu Naidu fears that he will bite dust in the people’s court as he has been following anti-people policies, YSRCP President has said.

“Chandrababu Naidu has been poaching on the opposition turf and has unethically bought 13 of our MLAs. It makes no difference to us, but every person who respects democracy has the right to question such a serious deviation in a parliamentary democracy. The very same Chandrababu Naidu has been caught red-handed in Telengana state while poaching an MLA with audio-visual (AV) evidence. If a person gets elected on one party ticket is bought and taken into cabinet this will be a blot on the democratic fabric of our country and we are here to highlight the poaching and corruption issues of Chandrababu Naidu government” Mr Jagan said.

Whether it is United Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh after division or Uttarakhand, the anti-defection law should be in force and turncoats should either quit or they should be disqualified immediately failing which the faith of the people is being mocked at, he added.

There is need to amend the law further and we are here to mobilize public opinion by meeting national leaders on the issue as this would percolate from the states to Centre and a day and a situation may arise when the Prime Minister and Finance Minister may be elected from two opposing parties and come together.

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